Loyola Makes First Ever Trip to Michigan Wednesday Night

March 07, 2012 | WNST Staff

Game Information
Opponent Michigan Wolverines
Date Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Ann Arbor, Mich.| Oosterbaan Field House

Game Data

  • Loyola University Maryland travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Wednesday night to battle the University of Michigan Wolverines at 7 p.m.
  • It is the first home game for the Wolverines in program history.
  • The Greyhounds are looking for their first 4-0 start since 2002 when the squad won its first seven games.

Series History

  • Wednesday’s match-up marks the first-ever meeting between the Wolverines and the Greyhounds.
  • Michigan is a future ECAC Lacrosse member.

In the Polls

  • Loyola moved up to No. 9 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll, and 12th in the Nike/Inside La­crosse Media Rankings after its 11-8 victory at Bellarmine. The Greyhounds are one of four ECAC teams in the polls, joining Denver (13/11), Ohio State (20/18) and Fairfield (17/17).

Coming from Behind

  • The Greyhounds have come from behind to win in two of their first three games, including last time out against Bellarmine.
  • Loyola trailed 3-0 after the first quarter against Delaware, but then outscored the Blue Hens 10-2 in the second and third quarter to go on to a 13-8 win.
  • Against Bellarmine, the Greyhounds went into halftime trailing 4-2, but scored five times in the third quarter to take a 7-6 lead and went on to the, 11-8, win.

Hasn’t Lost a Step

  • Eric Lusby returned to game action in the season-opener after missing all but two games of the 2011 season. Now a graduate student, Lusby tore his right ACL in the 2010 NCAA First Round game against Cornell. He attempted to come back last year, but he saw limited action against Navy and Towson and was shut down to rehab the injury for the remainder of the season.
  • Lusby burst back onto the scene against Delaware, scoring the Greyhounds’ first goal of the game on an extra-man opportunity, and the 2010 All-ECAC First Team member tallied three more in the second half.
  • Lusby reset his career-high at Bellarmine, tallying five goals in the victory to go with one assist.
  • Through Loyola’s first three games, Lusby ranks seventh in the nation at 3.33 goals per game.

Making Adjustments

  • Loyola continued a trend from the last two years in the opener against Delaware, making adjustments at halftime to outscore their opponents in the third quarter and second half. The Greyhounds outscored the Blue Hens 5-1 in the third quarter and 8-4 after the break.
  • The Greyhounds have scored just two goals in the first quarter of games this season, but have outscored opponents 13-4 in the second quarter and 14-5 in the third quarter this year.
  • Loyola outscored its opponents 69-52 after halftime last season (including two over­time goals) despite being outscored 54-39 in the first halves of games.
  • The Greyhounds scored 34 third-quarter goals to their opponents’ 27. In 2010, they outscored opponents 41-24 in the third quarters of games and 76-55 overall after halftime.

Four by Two

  • Mike Sawyer and Sean O’Sullivan both scored four goals in the Greyhounds’ win over Tow­son last Saturday, becoming the first pair of Loyola players to record four or more goals in the same game since Patrick Fanshaw and Matt Langan scored five and four, respective­ly, on March 20, 2010, in a 17-3 win over Air Force.
  • O’Sullivan matched his career-high, set as a sophomore in 2010 at the U.S. Military Acad­emy against Rutgers, and Sawyer was one off tying his career-best. O’Sullivan needed just four shots to score his four goals, two of which came on extra-man opportunities.

Ward Dishes Five

  • Justin Ward played the role of feeder in Loyola’s 13-6 win over Towson, finishing the game with five assists. Just one week previously, the sophomore recorded his first collegiate assist against Delaware.
  • Ward became the first Loyola player to record five or more assists since Shane Kop­pens had six in a March 10, 2009, win over Bryant.
  •  Through the first three weeks of the season, Ward is tied for fourth nationally with a 3.0 assists per game mark.

Scoring In Three Straight

  • Loyola has posted 10 or more goals through the first three games to open the season, marking the first time since April 2008 that the Greyhounds scored 10 or more in three games in a row.
  • The last time it happened, Loyola defeated Rutgers, 15-3, on April 5, 2008, Georgetown, 11-9, on April 12, 2009 and Fairfield, 13-4, on April 19, 2008.
  • Through the first three games, the Greyhounds rank 12th in NCAA Division I in goals per game (12.33).

Extra-Man Success

  • Loyola was successful on all three of its extra-man opportunities in the game against the Blue Hens, scoring three man-up goals in the second quarter during its 5-0 run. The Greyhounds followed that by converting on 2-of-3 EMOs in the win over Towson.
  • Patrick Fanshaw, Eric Lusby and Mike Sawyer each scored EMO goals of the Grey­hounds, and Fanshaw added another at the end of a Delaware non-releasable pen­alty just as the teams returned to even strength. Sean O’Sullivan tacked on both of the man-up goals against Towson.
  • Loyola is tied for sixth nationally with a 62.5-percent EMO success rate through the first three weeks of the season.
  • The Greyhounds extra-man unit was seventh nationally with a .420 (21-of-50) con­version percentage in 2011.

Dominant At The ‘X’

  • J.P. Dalton was 15-of-23 on restarts, going 7-of-8 in the third quarter to help Loyola come from behind to beat Bellarmine.
  • Dalton raised his season percentage to 63.6-percent, which ranks 10th nationally.
  • It is the second-straight game that the Greyhounds have dominated the face-off ‘X’, as the team won 14-of-21 restarts against Towson.
  • The Greyhounds are fifth in the nation in face-off win percentage at 62.3-percent.

Sawyer Shows Same Form

  • Mike Sawyer picked up where he left off a year ago, tallying three goals and assisting on Eric Lusby’s first, in the win over the Blue Hens. He then tacked on four goals and an assist against Towson. Sawyer led Loyola last season with 31 goals and 36 assists.
  • The Towson game was Sawyer’s 12th career multi-goal game and the 5th multi-point effort of his tenure at Loyola.
  • Before the season, Sawyer was named to the Preseason All-ECAC Team and was named to the Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America Honorable Mention.

What’s Next

  • Loyola returns home to Ridley Athletic Complex for the first of three-straight home games when they host Duke University on Saturday, March 10 at 12 noon. The contest is part of a doubleheader that features the women’s team facing UMBC at 3:30 p.m.
  • Loyola battles ECAC foe Air Force on Saturday, March 17 at noon.